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I had plenty to say so it became a double post. It also have a little negative ring, I guess the subject is too close to home.
I will repeat myself though and say I do love Mexico and the Mexican people, but traveling with my daughter gave me a new point of view I was not prepared for.

Start at the beginning with Mexicans and children

Clearly the child’s best is not of interest and it doesn’t stop with food. Most Mexicans seems to have a very narcissistic way with babies.
It’s not enough to see the new addition to the family, with high noise and shouts the baby must look at visitors and family members as well. Banging on the table or jingle a fork against a glass, “look at me, look at me”.
And when buying toys I don’t think there is any thoughts at all. Instead of look at a toy and think if it’s suitable for a 6 or 8 months old they buy something they think is cute or fun. If it’s marked suitable from 3 years old it’s not a problem because, “The baby is so intelligent”.
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I had plenty to say so it became a double post. It also have a little negative ring, I guess the subject is too close to home.
I will repeat myself though and say I do love Mexico and the Mexican people, but traveling with my daughter gave me a new point of view I was not prepared for.

This can easily be written off as cultural differences. Coming from a cold Sweden where we love our families but every family member live their own life without too much interference in opposite to a warm Mexico where families are very important and the ‘Mi’ – My – in Mi familia almost represent ownership and not only the right but the obligation to get involved in each others life.
But this is more than cultural contrasts, the way Mexicans treat children are at best oddish, sometimes scary and maybe even dangerous.

Don’t change your life just because you’re a parent.


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Waiting for take-off

Waiting for take-off

11 weeks in Mexico. 3 states, 8 check-ins, 10 rooms.
Maya has traveled 1/3 of her life and experienced more than some people do in a lifetime.
She has been the very center of this whole trip. I thought I would have time for other things but just as my paternity leave nothing has gone as I planned it.

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caution-internetInternet should come with a warning label. Every time you open up a browser you should get a reminder of the risks with internet.
I am not against internet, on the contrary I am very dependent of it. But it is not a calm sea where seahorses bobbing around. If you don’t know what you are doing you may get, or get someone else, into serious trouble.
We use to say internet have made the world smaller, in reality it has made the world much larger. Not so long ago all we had to care about was the dangers in our block, neighborhood or city, today a perpetrator can sit on another continent only equipped with a smartphone.

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Swedish Parental allowance
  • 480 days
  • 390 days with 80% of income
  • 90 days minimum allowance SEK 180
  • 60 days designated to each parent

Finally I am making use of my tax money – I am staying home with Maya for 4 months on the states expense.
Actually, I started with one month of vacation, in total I am home for 5 months. But it is the 4 months of paternity leave that is interesting, ”Only in Sweden” as a non-Swedish friend expressed it.

”Only in Sweden”


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A week ago my life changed in an irreversible way with the birth of my daughter.
It was a natural birth – The most terrifying and the most beautiful experience I ever had. In one way I wish we were back in the 50’s where the men anxiously walked around in the waiting room, I have seen things no man should ever have to see. Still I am so happy I was there, I have seen things all men should see. The feeling when you see the head of your child for the first time cannot be explain, just writing this and think back to that moment bring tears to my eyes.
It is all so overwhelming. I just didn’t expect to be so much on the business side, I had only prepared to support and focus on Miss Z.

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I have a facebook friend insisting on talking about travel portraits. I don’t agree about the premise – You don’t have to travel to take a portrait. It is like going to an all-inclusive resort in Cancun or Playa del Carmen and think you see Mexico.
The neighborhood I live in is like Chinatown, Little Italy and Soho all in one, I just need to take a walk around the block to find a piquant face for a picture.

For a portrait people stop with what ever they are doing and look in to the camera – You loose the atmosphere that caught your eye at the first glance.

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I am finally back online. With time flying by, life changes and plans are renewed my old blog was not up-to-date and somewhat limited in content.
Now with a strong comeback and a brand new web presence danfreed.se with an improved and updated photogallery, photography.danfreed.se, I am ready to meet new challenges, present my work and write of my adventures when travel and in life. I suspect there will be some stories about my new upcoming challenge – Fatherhood.

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Previously posted in www.planningmexico.com

End of a year and a new beginning. For me personally it is very new beginning. I have an epic year in front of me.
I’m turning 40 in a couple of month and just a few months later I am becoming a dad!

It is also the end of this blog. When I started this a few years ago my long-term plan was a little different than it is today and this blog has played out its purpose.

Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans!


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Previously posted in www.planningmexico.com

Everybody knowing me, or have been following me, know I am always on the search for the perfect coffee on my travels. I am astound by the coffee served in Mexico – and not in a good way.
Some of the best beans in the world are cultivated in Mexico. Far from being the biggest the coffee growers focusing on quality.
Then producers and coffee roasters get involved and something goes terribly wrong in the process of refining the bean to a beverage.

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